- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Seven projects across Michigan are receiving a total of more than $5.7 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Superior Watershed Partnership was awarded over $330,400 to reduce pollution in two rivers in the Upper Peninsula. The federal agency is giving nearly $730,000 to Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Initiative’s Kids Creek restoration project.

Three projects in West Michigan have been awarded almost $1.4 million to improve water quality and protect natural habitats in Tamarack Creek, Bear Lake, and Macatawa River, all of which flow into Lake Michigan.

The agency has given more than $2.5 million to the Nature Conservancy project to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion in Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. It also awarded the Stewardship Network with $745,000 to reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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